Best of 2017: A human-pig hybrid, life in cube homes, and more of the year's most bizarre stories

Best of 2017: A human-pig hybrid, life in cube homes, and more of the year's most bizarre stories





From mummified carry-on luggage to spinach leaves that grow a pulse, oddities and intrigue abound in this year's most quirky stories.  | 
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BEST OF 2017
|    A Most Peculiar Year
2017 has been full of unexpected twists. Lean into the weird with these stories of strange hybrids, abandoned rockets, cube homes, and men who think they're Jesus.
|      BIZARRE BAGGAGE     |
Can You Pack a Mummified Head in Your Carry-On? Ask TSA.
The TSA's darkly comedic Instagram feed has forever changed the way I view my fellow passengers. Is my unassuming seatmate toting a mummified head in his duffel? Is that banana a snack or a weapon? For Bob Burns, the guru behind @TSA, these scenarios aren't so outlandish. What secrets are you packing in your carry-on?
—Gulnaz Khan, Associate Editor
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The 11 Strangest Animal Stories of 2017
From cannibalistic chimps to a new species of purple frog, here are our picks for the oddest creatures of 2017.  Meet the menagerie ››
WEIRD SCIENCE
|    REGENERATION   |
Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue
It's clearly very early days for this technique, but it seems promising, and it will be exciting to see if spinach-spawned tissues one day become as routine as arterial stents or bypass surgery.
—Victoria Jaggard, Senior Science Editor
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|    CHIMERAS   |
Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab
Chimeras raise a host of ethical issues, but there is a dire need for healthy transplant organs. Talking about developments like this drives discussion about where to draw the lines.
—Victoria Jaggard, Senior Science Editor
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Pictures Reveal Life Inside Tiny Futuristic Cubes
Built in just 30 days in 1972, Japan's Nakagin Capsule Tower was meant to be a dynamic, adaptable masterpiece for the modern age. Now, its future is uncertain, its tiny living spaces draped in nostalgia.
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Other Unusual Places to Live
Visit an off-the-grid commune. ››
Explore an underground nuclear bunker. ››
Unwind in a utopian high-rise. ››
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Creepy Soviet Space Shuttles Abandoned in the Desert
A dusty warehouse on the remote Kazakhstani steppe seems an unlikely venue for titanic marvels built during the space race between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R—but these relics aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
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